After a five-hour drive, I’m unwinding in a hotel room at an undisclosed location in western South Carolina (or is that southern West Carolina? Maybe southwestern North Carolina?), preparing to go visit the site of National Geographic Channel’s new series, Doomsday Castle, tomorrow. I fire up my laptop to see what I’ve missed when on the road, and learn that a massive solar flare that could have fried the Earth’s electronics missed us two weeks ago.
The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States.
Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth’s typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there.
“The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,” said Henry Cooper, who led strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense.
“There had been a near miss about two weeks ago, a Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and basically just missed us,” said Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission from 2001-2008. He was referring to the 1859 EMP named after astronomer Richard Carrington that melted telegraph lines in Europe and North America.
Did I mention that “Doomsday Castle” was built for the specific threat of an EMP?
It’s a little unsettling to think that just such a natural disaster missed us by such a cosmic hair’s breadth, especially when you consider how poorly our infrastructure, transportation, and shipping systems are designed to handle it. If you’ve ever read Forestchen’s One Second After, depicting life after such an event, it’s very sobering stuff.
I’ve made sure that my closest neighbors have a copy of A Failure of Civility. Maybe it’s time to get serious about formulating that Neighborhood Protection Plan.